[Russian Air Force practiced aerial elimination of drug field and lab sources in Afghanistan, during recent SCO “Peace Mission 2010” exercises is Kazakhstan, in preparation for possible military counter-narcotics missions in Afghanistan. If Russian military forces (including air force) actually join with Western forces in Afghanistan then the game will be over; the Taliban will have no place left to hide.]
Viktor Ivanov intends to win the drug barons with the help of the army.
The presidential administration is preparing a draft presidential decree, Dmitry Medvedev, the inclusion of the State anti-drug committee (SAC) representative of the military. Apparently, this representative will be Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces Nikolai Makarov. It is the army leadership’s intention to entrust the function of combating organized armed groups engaged in drug trafficking from Afghanistan through neighboring CIS countries in Russia and Europe. A General Staff will manage this process. Such information is provided “NG” a Kremlin source.
“It’s a paradox: in the current SAC presents almost all the ministries down to sports and recreation, but officials of the Defense Ministry is not there – shared their opinions with” NG “officer of the Federal Service for Drug Control (FSKN), who asked not to be name. – Although the experience of many countries in Latin America and Southern Europe is well-armed army and navy to help police fight gangs of drug cartels. ”
As the source stressed, “Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the Federal Drug Control Service does not have special forces capable to deal with major organized narkobandami, and here have a role to play Army and Navy. The officer referred to the chairman’s statement HOOK, director of the Federal Service for Drug Control Viktor Ivanov, who last Friday said the need to “form a counter-narcotics forces in the Defense Ministry in order to use the facilities of the military authorities in opposition to large-scale drug trafficking.” According to Ivanov, is due to the fact that “drug criminals are increasingly using firearms, including automatic and grenade launchers.” Military units could serve as analytic functions and power, the head of Federal Drug Control Service.
Viktor Ivanov is not the first time in favor of bringing the army to fight organized drug crime. As you know, at the end of June this year he called for the emergence in southern Kyrgyzstan Russia’s new military base to combat drug trafficking. And now the Ministry of Defense leadership is already in talks on this issue with the Kyrgyz side. True, the powers and functions of a Russian military facility, which is scheduled to deploy to Kyrgyzstan, will be broader. Although it is likely that Russian troops would be ready to fight with organized narkobandami.
Defense Ministry official reaction to the initiatives of the head of Federal Drug Control Service to bring the army for anti-drug fight has not yet been reported. However, in the expert community there is a consensus that the leadership of the Defense Ministry will not object to providing him with such additional powers. Even more than that – one of the officers Glavkomata Air Force in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta did not rule out that “if a political decision is Air Force is ready to fight against poppy cultivation and its processing factories in opium and heroin in Afghanistan.” According to him, such training and combat missions already practiced. Among them was done on working out ended last Saturday in Kazakhstan anti-terror exercises SCO “Peace Mission 2010”, which went together with my colleagues on the SCO, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
According to Russia’s permanent representative to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, the initiative of Viktor Ivanov on bringing troops to fight organized drug crime “very relevant”.He was confident that the Russian army could play an important role in strengthening the state border of Russia with other CIS countries. This is even more significant, “since NATO troops do not pay enough attention to the fight against drugs in Afghanistan.” Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, who has long headed the Defense Ministry General Directorate of International Military Cooperation, also believes that the involvement of the military department in the fight against drug cartels – “a reasonable and essential phenomenon.” According to him, the army will deal with here is quite specific cases related to the strengthening of state security. Especially in the Joint Staff, he believes, is capable and effective intelligence structures, which can also make a significant contribution to the fight against drug trafficking.
09.27.2010 / Vladimir Mukhin
|Source – The Independent Newspaper|